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SPECIES Crocidura goliath

Author:Thomas, 1906.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 7, 17: 177.
Common Name:Goliath Shrew
Type Locality:Cameroon, Efulen.
Distribution:High forest of S Cameroon, Gabon, and Dem. Rep. Congo; an isolated population in West Africa around Mt. Nimba (Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Type species of subgenus Praesorex Thomas, 1913. Often included in flavescens or olivieri, but apparently represents a distinct species which lives in sympatry with C. olivieri in the Central and West African rainforest; see Hutterer (in Colyn, 1986:22) and Goodman et al. (2000). C. goliath nimbasilvanus replaces Heim de Balsac's C. odorata guineensis (Ziela, Mt. Nimba, Guinea), a name preoccupied by C. occidentalis guineensis Cabrera, currently a subspecies of C. olivieri (Hutterer, 2003). The West African population (nimbasilvanus) of C. goliath is characterized by smaller size and a shorter pelage, and is genetically distinct from the Central African population (Querouil et al., In Press).
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SUBSPECIES nimbasilvanus


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